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Mutant PKCγ in spinocerebellar ataxia type 14 disrupts synapse elimination and long-term depression in Purkinje cells in vivo.

Authors
  • Shuvaev, Anton N
  • Horiuchi, Hajime
  • Seki, Takahiro
  • Goenawan, Hanna
  • Irie, Tomohiko
  • Iizuka, Akira
  • Sakai, Norio
  • Hirai, Hirokazu
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Neuroscience
Publisher
Society for Neuroscience
Publication Date
Oct 05, 2011
Volume
31
Issue
40
Pages
14324–14334
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5530-10.2011
PMID: 21976518
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Cerebellar Purkinje cells (PCs) express a large amount of the γ isoform of protein kinase C (PKCγ) and a modest level of PKCα. The PKCγ is involved in the pruning of climbing fiber (CF) synapses from developing PCs, and PKCα plays a critical role in long-term depression (LTD) at parallel fiber (PF)-PC synapses. Moreover, the PKC signaling in PCs negatively modulates the nonselective transient receptor potential cation channel type 3 (TRPC3), the opening of which elicits slow EPSCs at PF-PC synapses. Autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxia type 14 (SCA14) is caused by mutations in PKCγ. To clarify the pathology of this disorder, mutant (S119P) PKCγ tagged with GFP was lentivirally expressed in developing and mature mouse PCs in vivo, and the effects were assessed 3 weeks after the injection. Mutant PKCγ-GFP aggregated in PCs without signs of degeneration. Electrophysiology results showed impaired pruning of CF synapses from developing PCs, failure of LTD expression, and increases in slow EPSC amplitude. We also found that mutant PKCγ colocalized with wild-type PKCγ, which suggests that mutant PKCγ acts in a dominant-negative manner on wild-type PKCγ. In contrast, PKCα did not colocalize with mutant PKCγ. The membrane residence time of PKCα after depolarization-induced translocation, however, was significantly decreased when it was present with the mutant PKCγ construct. These results suggest that mutant PKCγ in PCs of SCA14 patients could differentially impair the membrane translocation kinetics of wild-type γ and α PKCs, which would disrupt synapse pruning, synaptic plasticity, and synaptic transmission.

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